Stacey Turkington, Adaptive Physical Education at RSU 14 serving the Sebago Lakes communities of Windham and Raymond, received the 2021 Richard H. Bartlett Award for Adapted Physical Education (APE) from the Maine Association for Health, Physical Education , leisure and dance (MAHPERD).
Stacey has provided student-friendly physical education for 17 of her 22 years with RSU 14. During these years, she carefully prepared an appropriate modification of traditional physical education (PE) activities and equipment adjustments for students. people with disabilities so that they can participate in the traditional physical education class. Stacey provided these services with genuine care and concern, while putting the student first.
Her stimulating approach was recently recognized when she was anonymously nominated for the annual Dr. Richard H. Bartlett Award for Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year. Between the anonymous recommendation and a letter of approval from Principal, Dr Kyle Rhoades of Windham Elementary School, Stacey was chosen as this year’s winner.
“Countless learners in our district have benefited from Stacey’s hard work and gentleness,” Dr. Rhoades said in his letter. “Watching her with kids you know they want to work with her because of the way she looks. Learners feel this confidence and grow from the feeling of security created.
Stacey believes that being physically active is imperative for a student’s overall health, and that’s why she puts her body and soul into her work – and the students she works with.
To develop quality programs for her students, Stacey begins by observing a student ideally in their regular physical education class, at recess, with physical / occupational therapists and / or in their classroom. After reflecting on the data gathered, she shares her results with the student’s IEP team to determine the best program for each student. Stacey continually checks that the developed program meets the student’s needs and performs an evaluation at the end of the year. Although Stacey focuses on quality APE programming, she does not take credit for all of her learners’ successes because, in her own words, “in the long run it is actually a long term approach. ‘team “. Working with learners with disabilities involves more than just teaching. This involves a lot of research on human development and medical advances. Stacey is constantly learning new techniques and adding more and more tools to her toolbox.
“Running from school to school can take its toll and I have to admit there are tough days,” Stacey says. “But it’s the passion that keeps me going – that and the love for children. What I love most about my job is that I have the pleasure of working with students from elementary school to post-graduation. I work with most students from the age of 5 and watch them grow up to the age of 21 when they leave the program. It is an honor to work with these students and it is the most rewarding job EVER!
The Maine Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) honorary prizes are awarded to MAHPERD members in recognition of their excellence in their profession by demonstrating exceptional dedication to their students. and their profession. To learn more about MAHPERD, visit maineahperd.org.